Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wisdom from Thomas Jefferson applies today

Prophetic statements by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson :

1. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, weshall become as corrupt as Europe. ~ Thomas Jefferson

2. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who arewilling to work, and give to those who would not. ~ Thomas Jefferson

3. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. Aprinciple which if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world. ~ Thomas Jefferson

4. I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent thegovernment from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense oftaking care of them. ~ Thomas Jefferson

5. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results fromtoo much government. ~ Thomas Jefferson

6. No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ~ Thomas Jefferson

7. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and beararms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny ingovernment. ~ Thomas Jefferson

8. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood ofpatriots and tyrants. ~ Thomas Jefferson

9. To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideaswhich he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. ~ ThomasJefferson

10. In light of the present financial crisis, it's now very interesting toread what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our libertiesthan standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks tocontrol the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprivethe people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on thecontinent their fathers conquered."

Tom, old boy, you must be spinning around in your grave!

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